Lincoln County teen confesses to sexually assaulting 5-year-old boy


A Lincoln County teen is facing sexual assault charges after authorities say he admitted to to inappropriately touching a 5-year-old boy. 

Hunter Wayne McNeely, 18, of Vale, North Carolina is charged with one felony count of statutory sexual offense of a child and one felony count of indecent liberties with a child.

The charges stem from an incident reported on July 21, 2017. The charges involve a 5-year-old little boy who was known by McNeely.

McNeely was arrested following an interview at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, August 24 and taken before a Lincoln County magistrate. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. 

McNeely had a first appearance Friday in Lincoln County District Court.


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